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Undergrad Wins Honorable Mention in Udall Scholarship Competition

Release Date: 04-22-2010

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Joanie Stultz '12 has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Morris K. Udall Scholarship competition. This national award recognizes sophomores and juniors who are pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American issues, and she is among 80 scholars and 50 honorable mentions to be acknowledged.

Stultz, an environmental engineering major from Kent, Washington, has spent the past two years at the University of Vermont developing her ability to pursue a career in sustainable technology. Her interests lie in engineering new waste management technologies, specifically related to wastewater and composting, that she believes will enable communities to shift their industrial waste infrastructure into a zero-waste system.

While she's been working toward becoming a sustainable waste management expert in the classroom, Stulz has been busy working with and organizing UVM students to live more sustainably. She's a resident adviser in the GreenHouse residential learning community and a member of both Engineers without Borders and the Vermont Campus Energy Group. She was also one of UVM's organizers for Powershift '09, and she volunteered with Growing Power, a non-profit that helps develop community food systems in Milwaukee, Wis., as part of an alternative spring break trip in 2009.

Stultz is UVM's first Udall award winner since 2006. She is also the first student from the College of Engineering and Mathematics to receive the award.

The Udall Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award for sophomores and juniors who are studying the environment and related fields, or are American Indian or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. The awards were created in 1992 and are named for Morris Udall, a former U.S. congressman from Arizona, and his brother Stuart Udall, former Interior Secretary from Arizona.